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Discovered Whitby last September, lovely place. We had a fortnight in Yorkshire waiting for our granddaughter to be born so did the second week at Scarborough and travelled to Whitby.

We missed her birth by 6 days!
I prefer Whitby to Scarborough. Bridlington is dreadful though.
 

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I prefer Whitby to Scarborough. Bridlington is dreadful though.

I agree. Had never been to Scarborough before and our first impressions were that we didn't like it but we did quite like the Peasholm Park/Scalby end when we discovered it. Whitby is far far nicer
 

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On the subject of Whitby (and other coastal towns)...


I'd look to raise Council Taxes and Stamp Duty on second homes to a level that stops housing in our costal areas becoming playthings for the wealthy.
 

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I agree. Had never been to Scarborough before and our first impressions were that we didn't like it but we did quite like the Peasholm Park/Scalby end when we discovered it. Whitby is far far nicer
Yes, that end of Scarborough is quieter/more appealing depending on what you are looking for. Sandsend just to the North of Whitby is good too if you just want to potter along the beach without the shops/crowds etc.
 

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On the subject of Whitby (and other coastal towns)...


I'd look to raise Council Taxes and Stamp Duty on second homes to a level that stops housing in our costal areas becoming playthings for the wealthy.
What price is that tho? It's an issue Wales has struggled with. I believe 2nd homes there are now subject to a 300% council tax.
 

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Off to the Yorkshire Dales in September with Flo the Labradoodle. A day out in Whitby is planned as well.
 

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What price is that tho? It's an issue Wales has struggled with. I believe 2nd homes there are now subject to a 300% council tax.
High enough to deter those who want to buy a house and leave it empty for 6 months of the year?
 

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Stamp duty increases and capital gains tax have stripped margins on additional properties to the extent they have effectively killed the pension-plan Grandlords and buy-to-leters. The introduction of 5% stamp duty on the entire purchase price of any additional property was a smart move, discouraging short term investors and amature speculators without destabilising the entire property market overnight. After several years at 5% it’s probably time to raise it again and finish those off altogether.

What to do with the huge portfolio investors and those seeking to place foreign money into more secure British housing stock is another matter. Those challenges will involve much more radical changes than a subtle adjustment in stamp duty and that isn’t going to come from this government.

Different councils have very different approaches to non owner-occupied/2nd/additional properties, with some even giving owners grace periods if the property is empty/between tenants (E.G. in Birmingham landlord responsible for full CT from day 1 of vacated property, Cambridge 1 month grace (why??)). A 300% council tax hike on 2nd homes should never have been necessary, but if current SD and CGT rates are not enough to deter on a worthwhile scale in those areas then fair play to the councils for using the tools they have and taking the fight forward themselves.
 

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I agree. Had never been to Scarborough before and our first impressions were that we didn't like it but we did quite like the Peasholm Park/Scalby end when we discovered it. Whitby is far far nicer
Peasholm Park is ace, especially the battleship fights on the lake.
 

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Peasholm Park is ace, especially the battleship fights on the lake.
There's a programme on at the moment about Yorkshire and it has an episode that profiles the chap who runs the battleships
 

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There's a programme on at the moment about Yorkshire and it has an episode that profiles the chap who runs the battleships
Every other programme on Channel 5 appears to be about Yorkshire.
 
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